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  •     Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s pledge to assist struggling farmers is being held back by unresolved land questions, writes JOHN McCARTHY and KATHRYN ROBINSON  Last year Joko Widodo, widely known by his nickname Jokowi, won the Indonesian presidential elections on a wave of populist sentiment. Rather like Barack Obama […]

    Land and development in Indonesia

        Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s pledge to assist struggling farmers is being held back by unresolved land questions, writes JOHN McCARTHY and KATHRYN ROBINSON  Last year Joko Widodo, widely known by his nickname Jokowi, won the Indonesian presidential elections on a wave of populist sentiment. Rather like Barack Obama […]

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  • By John McCarthy Good food policy in Indonesia is about much more than growing rice; it requires helping the poor access food. If you are looking for some good news in a world saturated by the media’s messages of misery, then you could try reading a recent UN report. The […]

    Food and land: Indonesia’s prickly choice

    By John McCarthy Good food policy in Indonesia is about much more than growing rice; it requires helping the poor access food. If you are looking for some good news in a world saturated by the media’s messages of misery, then you could try reading a recent UN report. The […]

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  • By Arianto A. Patunru, Blane Lewis, and Robert Sparrow Welcome to the 50th-anniversary issue of BIES. We reflect here on the journal’s analysis of Indonesia’s economic development, offering commemorative articles on three prominent themes—foreign direct investment (FDI), trade policy, and infrastructure policy—and their coverage in BIES since 1965. These articles […]

    50th-anniversary issue of BIES now available

    By Arianto A. Patunru, Blane Lewis, and Robert Sparrow Welcome to the 50th-anniversary issue of BIES. We reflect here on the journal’s analysis of Indonesia’s economic development, offering commemorative articles on three prominent themes—foreign direct investment (FDI), trade policy, and infrastructure policy—and their coverage in BIES since 1965. These articles […]

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  •   By Arianto Patunru In 1990, 30 per cent of Indonesian population had no access to improved drinking water source. Almost 65 per cent lacked access to improved sanitation—and almost 40 per cent defecate in the open. One of the Millennium Development Goals’ objectives is to halve these numbers of disadvantaged by 2015. We explore the […]

    Access to safe drinking water and sanitation in Indonesia

      By Arianto Patunru In 1990, 30 per cent of Indonesian population had no access to improved drinking water source. Almost 65 per cent lacked access to improved sanitation—and almost 40 per cent defecate in the open. One of the Millennium Development Goals’ objectives is to halve these numbers of disadvantaged by 2015. We explore the […]

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  • In a recent publication published for the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Arianto Patunru (ANU Indonesia Project) and Sjamsu Rahardja (The World Bank) highlight the protectionist shift in Indonesia, and argue that this will harm Indonesia’s economic prospects. The key findings from their analysis: Despite increasing economic challenges, Indonesia is […]

    Trade protectionism in Indonesia: bad times and bad policy

    In a recent publication published for the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Arianto Patunru (ANU Indonesia Project) and Sjamsu Rahardja (The World Bank) highlight the protectionist shift in Indonesia, and argue that this will harm Indonesia’s economic prospects. The key findings from their analysis: Despite increasing economic challenges, Indonesia is […]

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  • Author: Blane Lewis, ANUNearly 15 years after embarking on its large scale decentralisation initiative, Indonesia has decided to extend its efforts to the village level. Decentralising to the nearly 74,000 villages is intended to improve service delivery performance at the lowest administrative tier and reduce social inequality and poverty. But […]

    Indonesian village decentralisation is all money no plan

    Author: Blane Lewis, ANUNearly 15 years after embarking on its large scale decentralisation initiative, Indonesia has decided to extend its efforts to the village level. Decentralising to the nearly 74,000 villages is intended to improve service delivery performance at the lowest administrative tier and reduce social inequality and poverty. But […]

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  •   On Monday 23 March 2015, the ANU Indonesia Project, in collaboration with the Centre for Southeast Asian Research at the University of British Columbia (UBC), presented a seminar in Vancouver, Canada, on sustainability and agriculture in the Indonesian economy: Green Growth For All: Sustainability & Agriculture in the Indonesian […]

    Green growth for all: ANU and UBC present joint seminar on Indonesian economy

      On Monday 23 March 2015, the ANU Indonesia Project, in collaboration with the Centre for Southeast Asian Research at the University of British Columbia (UBC), presented a seminar in Vancouver, Canada, on sustainability and agriculture in the Indonesian economy: Green Growth For All: Sustainability & Agriculture in the Indonesian […]

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  • In a recent opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, Chris Manning, adjunct fellow at the ANU Indonesia Project, argues that Australians tend to underestimate the fear of drugs in Indonesian society, and the tough line taken on trafficking and the corruption that goes with it: Like many Australians, I have found […]

    Opinion: For Jokowi the war on drugs is personal

    In a recent opinion piece in the Australian Financial Review, Chris Manning, adjunct fellow at the ANU Indonesia Project, argues that Australians tend to underestimate the fear of drugs in Indonesian society, and the tough line taken on trafficking and the corruption that goes with it: Like many Australians, I have found […]

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  • By Pierre van der Eng This issue of BIES offers a diverse range of studies related to current issues in Indonesia’s economy. The ‘Survey of Recent Developments’, by Yose R. Damuri and Creina Day, takes stock of Indonesia’s first 100 days under President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and finds a mix […]

    April 2015 issue of BIES now available

    By Pierre van der Eng This issue of BIES offers a diverse range of studies related to current issues in Indonesia’s economy. The ‘Survey of Recent Developments’, by Yose R. Damuri and Creina Day, takes stock of Indonesia’s first 100 days under President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and finds a mix […]

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  • Each year, the editor of BIES makes six recent articles free to access on Taylor & Francis Online for that calendar year. This selections for 2015 are below.   ‘Survey of Recent Developments‘ (December 2014) Haryo Aswicahyono & Hal Hill Following the remarkably successful 2014 parliamentary and presidential elections in […]

    BIES: Free-access ‘Editor’s choice’ articles for 2015

    Each year, the editor of BIES makes six recent articles free to access on Taylor & Francis Online for that calendar year. This selections for 2015 are below.   ‘Survey of Recent Developments‘ (December 2014) Haryo Aswicahyono & Hal Hill Following the remarkably successful 2014 parliamentary and presidential elections in […]

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